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December 5, 2014

A Special Grant made to the American Jewish Historical Society

In the 1970s and 1980s there was a department at Federation that held various names through the years – Special Grants Department, Program Development, Community Services & Planning, Policy Research & Planning, and Resources & Development. Files from the different incarnations of this department fill about 70 boxes.  From the early 1970s until the merger in 1986, the department was run first by Rachel Radlo Lieberman and then by Stephanie K. Newman.  Stephanie Newman left Federation around the time of the merger to return to graduate school, and Rachel Lieberman resumed her work in the department.  In addition to Lieberman and Newman’s  files, the 70 boxes also include the files of a number of staff members, including Michele Mindlin, whose files reflect primarily her work with Federation’s Russian Resettlement program, and Brenda Gevertz.

Soon after retiring as EVP in 1981, Sanford Solender had written a memorandum to his successor William Kahn, letting him know that one area Federation should build up was in Special Grants.  With enough staff, such a department could take the time to locate funding outside Federation’s usual funding streams and allocations for specific programs at Federation agencies as well as unaffiliated organizations with programs of interest to Federation.

Within the Special Grants materials, there are many boxes of agency proposals – agencies seeking “special grants” for agency programs from foundations, government agencies and other funding sources separate from Federation’s annual distribution of funds to agencies.

Also seeking funding from the Special Grants department were organizations with no formal affiliation with Federation, including the American Jewish Historical Society.  We have seen AJHS files in previous series in the Federation subgroup, but this file also includes pamphlets and other printed material issued by AJHS in 1980-1981.

Local Jewish Historical News", April 1980, which includes historical information, news and contact information for Jewish historical societies in the US and Canada.

Local Jewish Historical News”, April 1980, which includes historical information, news and contact information for Jewish historical societies in the US and Canada.

It may also be the first time Federation planned to fund an AJHS program. In 1980, AJHS was seeking $5000 in funding for their annual meeting in 1981, which coincided with the centennial of “Czarist Russia’s May Laws of 1881, which propelled the great stream of Jewish immigration from Eastern Europe”.  After some correspondence between Federation and AJHS it was decided to fund the meeting with a $3000 grant.  Federation’s bottom line was saved from this expenditure when it was announced at a Federation Executive Committee meeting sometime between the fall of 1980 and the spring of 1981 that John Loeb, Jr. would “underwrite the cost of the Society’s 1981 Annual Meeting”:

John L. Loeb, Jr. personally funds $3000 towards the AJHS 1980 annual meeting.

John L. Loeb, Jr. personally funds $3000 towards the AJHS 1980 Annual Meeting.

By March 1981, AJHS was able to announce the details of the Annual Meeting to its many members, donors and friends:

Mailing announcing the details of the AJHS 1981 Annual Meeting.

Mailing announcing the details of the AJHS 1981 Annual Meeting.

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October 1, 2014

New American Jewish Historical Society Website and a New Project Webpage

Filed under: resources — Tags: , , — thiscangobacktothearchives @ 10:55 am

Last week, the American Jewish Historical Society’s brand new, bells-and-whistles website went live and it looks wonderful.

New American Jewish Historical Society website, screen shot, accessed on October 1, 2014

New American Jewish Historical Society website, screen shot, accessed on October 1, 2014

When you visit the new website, please also visit our new webpage by clicking on the icon, “UJA-Federation of NY Collection”

Icon to the new UJA-Federation of New York Archives Project webpage, screen shot, accessed October 1, 2014

Icon to the new UJA-Federation of New York Archives Project webpage, screen shot, accessed October 1, 2014

There are many resources related to our ongoing project available on our new webpage, including links to our Flickr album, the blog that you are currently reading, and links to a collection of digitized oral histories of Federation and UJA-Federation staff, leaderships, and volunteers. The webpage features hyperlinks to the partial finding aids for Subgroup I: Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York, 1916-1986 and, post-merger,  Subgroup IV: United Jewish Appeal-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies, 1986-2000. And that’s not all, there are links to the digitized minutes of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies, Board of Trustees (1916-1986) and Executive Committee (1973-1986), as well as minutes and other materials from the Brooklyn Federation of Jewish Charities (1916-1944) and minutes from the UJA-Federation’s Board of Directors meetings (1986-1992).

New UJA-Federation of New York Archives Project webpage, screen shot, accessed October 1, 2014

New UJA-Federation of New York Archives Project webpage, screen shot, accessed October 1, 2014

Congratulations to the American Jewish Historical Society for its new website and we hope that you will visit our new webpage on that website soon!

September 11, 2014

Welcome back, Marvin!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — thiscangobacktothearchives @ 1:30 pm

One of the archivists working on the UJA-Federation of New York Archives Project broke his foot in July and was, unfortunately, unable to get into work. After several weeks of recovery, we are happy to have Marvin back to work, processing, smiling for the camera, and recording the order of folders in boxes ready to go to off-site storage.

Welcome back, Marvin!

Welcome back, Marvin!

The American Jewish Historical Society was kind enough to throw Marvin a welcome back lunch party with falafel, baba ghanoush, and hummus.

A plate in lieu of a smile at Marvin's welcome back lunch--falafel and baba ghanoush

Welcome back lunch–falafel and baba ghanoush

Welcome back, Marvin, hope that you fully recover and thank you for all of the work that you do for the project!

 

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